BB Bowness


Hey friends,

I am writing to tell you about an exciting project of mine that has just (JUST) been launched on Kickstarter. Alex Rubin (a fabulous bluegrass guitarist) and I have been busy recording our first EP as, No Bones About It.

We’re aiming to raise $2500 to finish the project which covers the cost of 3 days recording, mixing and mastering in Boston, MA. Along with the EP art and design by Alison De Groot and costs of CD duplication. You can pre-order a copy of the EP on our kickstarter by clicking on the link below.

We have a variety of rewards if you choose to contribute including, signed EP’s, digital downloads, tunes written for you (or a friend), Skype or in person lessons (great gifts) and even a house concert in New Zealand or the Boston area. We really appreciate any support you can give, especially sharing the kickstarter with friends and family!

Our new and improved website is here:  And the link to Kickstarter is:

Also, our New Zealand tour is coming up soon!  We’re playing our way down the country, back up again and we finish off at the Whare Flat Folk Festival over New Years. Please check out the dates below and put them in your calendars – I’m excited to see some familiar faces soon!

Thanks,  BB

Nov 26  Whangateau Hall, Whangateau, NZ

Nov 27  House Concert, Whangarei, NZ

Nov 28  Morrells Cafe, Hokianga, NZ

Nov 29  Eggscentric Cafe, Coromandel, NZ

Nov 30  Hamilton Folk Club, Hamilton, NZ

Dec 1    The Bunker, Devonport, NZ

Dec 3    House Concert, New Plymouth, NZ

Dec 4    The Riverside Bar, Whanganui, NZ

Dec 5    Wellington Bluegrass Society, Petone, NZ

Dec 6    The Mussel Inn, Onekaka, NZ

Dec 10  Barrytown Hall, Barrytown, NZ

Dec 11  Cooks Saddle Cafe & Saloon, Franz Joseph, NZ

Dec 13  The Penguin Club, Oamaru, NZ

Dec 14  Christchurch Folk Club, Christchurch, NZ

Dec 15  Le Cafe, Picton, NZ

Dec 19  East End Cafe, Wairoa, NZ

Dec 20  Bent Horseshoe Cafe, Tokomaru, NZ

Dec 30  Whare Flat Folk Festival, Dunedin, NZ

David Benedict’s, Into the True Country

I was thrilled to be a part of David Benedict’s first solo album, ‘Into the True Country’ which was recorded in October last year in Franklin, TN.  The musicians on the album are all incredibly talented and were a pleasure to work with; David Benedict on Mandolin, Ross Martin on Guitar, Samson Grisman on Bass, Christian Sedelmeyer on Fiddle and Matt Flinner in the producers chair and sitting in on octave mandolin on one track. You can stream the whole album or buy it here:

Thanks for listening!

Introducing… Blue Hat, Yeah!

I’m really excited to be part of a new group with a bunch of talented young musicians called, Blue Hat, Yeah!

The group features Mike Robinson on Guitar, Matt Witler on Mandolin, Bronwyn Keith-Hynes on Fiddle, Nate Sabat on Bass and myself plucking the old 5-string. Here are a couple of our favorite bluegrass numbers that George Clements kindly captured for us, I hope you enjoy!

To see more of  Blue Hat, Yeah!  you can check out our website or facebook page

Thanks for listening!

Acoustic Music Seminar in Savannah, Georgia.

In April this year I was honoured to be a part of the Acoustic Music Seminar in Savannah, Georgia. There were 16 participants on a variety of string instruments chosen from a group of 150 of the most talented young acoustic musicians from all over the USA. The week was packed full of rehearsals, clinics, performances and workshops with world class musicians such as Mike Marshall, Julian Lage and Darol Anger as faculty. On Saturday night of the festival we performed all of the tunes we had learned and arranged during the week (most of these being tunes people had written) for a crowd of festival go-ers at the Lucas Theatre. It was an amazing musical experience and I feel very lucky to have met so many great people who I look forward to playing lots more music with in the future. Here are some pictures and a video of a tune I wrote called ‘Bubbles’ from our performance at the Lucas Theatre in Savannah.


A website!

Hey guys,

Welcome to my website!

As I write this, I am gathering my scattered belongings in an attempt to squeeze them into the tiniest of backpacks and be ready to fly to the USA for a year of adventures. I hope to play an awful lot of banjo, learn a bunch and meet some new friends along the way.

So for now, here are some new videos from a show we played at the Bunker last month. Thanks to Matt and Rusty for the audio recording and Nat for the use of his camera.

These are some of the most recent tunes I have written for banjo and feature the talents of my good pals, Cy Winstanley and Vanessa McGowan.

Please enjoy!



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